'''Polycarp''' (, ''Polýkarpos''; ; AD 69 155) was a 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna
. According to the ''Martyrdom of Polycarp
'' he died a martyr
, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. Polycarp is regarded as a saint
and Church Father
in the Eastern Orthodox Church|Eastern Orthodox
, Oriental Orthodox
, Catholic Church|Catholic
, and Lutheran
churches. His name 'Polycarp' means 'much fruit' in Greek.
It is recorded by Irenaeus
, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian
,Tertullian, [http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0311.htm ''De praescriptione hereticorum'' 32.2] that he had been a disciple of John the Apostle
.Irenaeus, ''On the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis|Adversus Haereses
'' [http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0103303.htm III.3], Polycarp does not quote from the Gospel of John in his surviving...